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Lump Sum
Kathryn Marks
9.7.14 - 12.12.14

Consisting of piles of handmade knit textiles, Lump Sum looks at the ways in which labor, expenses, functionality, content, and size affect market value and how that, in turn, alters the meaning of the work.

Made over the course of a year and a half, Marks worked up to six hours a day, spending an average of $30 out of pocket a week on yarn for construction. Three different sizes of knit strips were sewn together, each with a different combination of colored yarn, to make the body each piece. No strips are alike.

“There is no monopoly on meaning.”
Octave Mannoni

What is it?
What is it worth?

Can I touch it?
Is it only something to look at?

Is it functional?
Is it only something to look at?

What agenda does the piece have?
Does the audience generate the content?

How long did it take to make?
Was it a waste of time?

Is it one piece?
Is it the sum of it's parts?

Is manual work more valuable?
Is the value in the final product alone?

Does size automatically increase price?
Are dimensions irrelevant?

What is a fair price?
You tell me.

Expenses: approximately $2,340
Labor: up to 3,024 hours
Work sold by square foot or as a whole.

Kathryn Marks was born in Miami. As an artist, she has worked in textiles, drawing, music, and performance. In 2012, Marks had her first solo exhibition at Bas Fisher Invitational. As an organizer, she has hosted film screenings, lectures, and art events including Summer Ear Conditioning and, most recently, Mike Diana?s solo show at BFI (in conjunction with the end/SPRINGBREAK.) Marks was also the co-recipient of a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant as part of her work at Bas Fisher Invitation. (9).jpg